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Heroism is defined by cause Bravery is a factor however it depends on what one is putting oneself out on a limb for that makes one a hero It is not enough to be brave Antigones character has many different layers In some respects she is a heroine but in others she is merely a victim of her own pride At the beginning of the play the chorus describes Antigone as a little helpless creature that keeps to herself and is in the shadow of her beautiful sister Ismene They describe Antigone as That thin little creature sitting by herself staring straight ahead seeing nothing She seems to be small helpless and fragile but just when you think that she is helpless she unfurls herself as a clever and very brave young lady As Antigone returns from burying her brother Polynices she appears dreamy-eyed and playful She seems to be an innocent young girl who is just opening her eyes to the beauty of the world It was beautiful The whole world was gray when I went out An now-you wouldnt recognize it Its like a post card all pink and green and yellow Unfortunately she soon finds out the worlds wickedness as well She seems to come to the realization that her life would soon end so she begins to prepare for the worst being death and almost welcome it There Im not afraid any more Not afraid of the wicked ogre nor of the sandman nor of the dwarf who steals little children Haemon is another factor of Antigones wavering emotional state When Haemon first comes into the play Antigone apologizes to him for her actions the night before She apparently had dressed herself up as her sister Ismene would have She was glamorous and bold She explains in the following lines I wasnt very sure that you loved me as a woman and I did it -because
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